Organ Recital: Stefan Engels
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
815 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
This recital is sponsored by Bruce B. Stevens.
Stefan Engels was appointed Professor of Organ and Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 2014, where he is also head of the Organ Department at the Meadows School of the Arts. The position is the first Endowed Centennial Chair in Meadows. Engels joined SMU from one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious musical institutions, the University of Music and Performing Arts “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany, where he had served as professor of organ from 2005 until 2015. Prior to that he was Associate Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey (1999-2005).
Manuel Rosales Organ, Opus 22
Installed in 1999, the St. Paul’s organ was built by Manuel Rosales of Los Angeles, California. The organ has three manuals (keyboards), 45 stops (totaling 2,677 pipes), and is in a mahogany case designed by John Blatteau of Philadelphia in the Greek Revival style, as is fitting for the historic Greek Revival building. The organ is dedicated in loving memory of Mr. & Mrs. William E. Massey, Sr. Many other families and individuals also contributed towards this splendid organ. This was the first large Rosales organ to appear in the eastern half of the U.S. It has tracker (mechanical) key action and electric stop action.